Quinoa is one of my favorite foods. It’s versatile, yummy and so good for you! It’s got a funny name (pronounced keen-wah), but there’s nothing funny about it. If you’ve decided to cut back on meat to save money, quinoa is a fantastic protein substitute.
Why is quinoa good for you?
Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids. Many people think it is a grain when actually it is a member of the leafy green family. Quinoa contains manganese, magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper, and phosphorus. It also contains fiber, which is essential for good health. Magnesium is a mineral that helps relax blood vessels, so it’s great for people that suffer from migraines, and also to help support cardiovascular health naturally.
Quinoa is frugal and fabulous!
We buy our quinoa from Costco. They have a 4 pound bag for around $7.99. It’s organic, and tastes great! Quinoa tastes slightly nutty, fluffy, and warm. I love to make a bunch of it in our rice cooker and then store it in the fridge. When it’s warm out of the rice cooker, I put butter on it and sprinkle a little salt too and eat it that way. It’s great for making different quinoa salads, and even as a side dish. You can eat it cold or hot! I like to make a cold quinoa salad for lunch with chopped veggies, onions, and garlic. My husband likes to eat quinoa in the morning as an oatmeal substitute.
Have you heard of quinoa?